Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Explore with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia – PEOPLE/PLACES/PERSPECTIVES

In our 129 years as the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, we have championed Arctic exploration, witnessed the first lunar landing, and, together with our members, made many trips around the world.

We thank you so much for your support, and for making our community lively, vibrant, and informed.

Explorer extraordinaire, a GEO honoree Erik Weihenmayer, who has been blind since his teenage years, conquered mountains (including all of the Seven Summits!), and so much more. Over 400 attended GEO’s Annual Legacy Event to see Erik honored on February 7, 2016. The accomplished climber, paraglider, skier, and kayaker shared his unique “vision” of the world and his amazing stories of adventure. Take a listen to his “Message of Hope”!


Check back to see what our program for the next season holds, and how you can experience the world in new ways.  Become a member to support the legacy of one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most-prestigious organizations.

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Upcoming in 2020

Sheikh Abu Zayed Mosque

Marco Polo Explores: Cities of the Persian Gulf, Tibet, and Yunnan

We’ll explore the world’s most modern cities: Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Doha in Qatar, and Muskat in Oman. Known as the “Roof of the World”, we’ll visit the cultural and geographic highlights of Tibet. And, travel through China’s vast southern province of Yunnan. Cities of the Persian Gulf presented by Tom Tauber, Tibet by Lucille Piling, and Yunnan by Paula Roberts.
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Preservation: Water and Climate Change!

GEO presents a panel discussion about the historical, ecological, social, and technological effects along our rivers.
Join a panel of experts talk about the Today and Past of the Water in Philly – an EPA agent, scholars with extensive research on Philadelphia’s rivers, and GEO’s board members.
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Circa 1900 Arctic Exploration Bellevue-Stratford

Annual Legacy Event – Explorer of the Year Award

Since 1891, we have been annually honoring an “Explorer of the Year”. We choose the nominee based on their work crossing boundaries in their own successful and very worthy example of that goal. The special Cecilia Beaux pin has been awarded to Robert Peary, Theodore Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, Diana Nyad, and Derrick Pitts – to name just a few.

Stay tuned for the “Date and our Next Honoree”

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Read About Our Explorers!